Fourth liner Alex Chiasson scored just enough to keep himself in the lineup.
|11.8||time on ice per game|
|44.2||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|47.1||5-on-5 goal percentage, adjusted|
About this visualization: This series of charts made by Micah Blake McCurdy of hockeyviz.com shows various metrics for the player over the course of the season. A short description of each chart:
When he was signed, Alex Chiasson was a low-risk experiment for the Capitals. Chiasson had been a bottom-sixer throughout his career, but recording 12 goals and 12 assists from there last season with the Flames gave him some luster. And that’s roughly what the Caps got. Chiasson recorded 9 goals and 9 assists on a fourth line that struggled throughout the season. And while the underlying pattern of his play was not good – the team was badly outshot with 43.5 percent of shot attempts – a high shooting percentage kept Chiasson’s shifts from being a fiasco on the scoreboard.
Depth was always the Caps’ problem in 2017-18, but I doubt that Chiasson was the cause of it. While he’s a marginal player overall, he’s also a bit of a sniper. His overall shot rate is low, but he takes a disproportionate amount of them from high-danger areas. From hockeyviz:
Chiasson’s 15.3 percent shooting was high, but it’s not all luck. I don’t think Chiasson will or should be back with the Caps next season, but I think I see what the Caps saw last summer. There’s some edge to Chiasson’s game, some danger that makes him more interesting and more special than just some swappable part. He’s a champion now, and I hope he gets another crack at it.
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